What are Parish Council Duties and Responsibilities?

Parish Council Duties and Responsibilities

The following are under the remit of Parish Councils:
• Allotments
• Burial Grounds, Cemeteries (closed)
• Bus Shelters
• Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning: baths and washhouses, cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
• Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
• Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
• Drainage / maintenance of ditches and ponds.
• Entertainment and the Arts.
• Footpath maintenance.
• General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities
• Highways –right to enter into discussions about new roads, lighting, parking and proposed road widening. The consent of Parish Council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other public rights of way notices.
• Tree planting and verge maintenance
• Land – acquisition and sale.
• Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry.
• Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
• Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
• Provide community transport (such as a minibus).
• Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
• Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields and boating ponds
• Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
• Seats (public)
• Signs – danger signs, information/tourism/place names and bus stops signs.
• Suggest/provide in consultation, crime prevention measures (such as CCTV).
• Tourism – financial contributions to local tourist organisations allowed.
• War Memorials.
• Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide such facilities for general use
• Village Greens
A full list of Parish Council powers, with references to applicable legislation, is available from the ‘National Association of Local Councils’.